When it comes to stroke cases in the United States, the risk among women is especially prevalent. More than half of stroke cases occur in women, and it’s becoming increasingly important to address the factors that increase their risk. I’m Erin White for the dailyRx News Network. Researchers recently produced the first guidelines on stroke risk and prevention in women adopted by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The guidelines made recommendations for stroke prevention in women, including advising women who smoked and had migraines with aura be strongly advised to stop smoking, and also recommended that women get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, and use alcohol in moderation. Dr. Sarah Samaan, a physician partner at The Baylor Heart Hospital shares just how much smoking can contribute to a stroke The effect of smoking on a womans other risk factors also cannot be overstated. It’s a critical issue and may increase the risk of stroke as much as 7-fold. Speak with your doctor to learn more about stroke risk and prevention. To keep up to date with all the latest health news, visit dailyRx.com. For the dailyRx News Network, I’m Erin White.